Ido Arad 

German-based Israeli conductor Ido Arad is distinguished by his clarity of interpretation, technical precision and the impelling energy of his music.

Upcoming highlights include debuts at Teatro Massimo Palermo and at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, as well as with Klagenfurt’s Kärtner Sinfonieorchester in a symphonic programme. Further symphonic concerts this season bring him back to the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg as well as to Italy and Israel, and he will also be conducting a new production of SLEEPING BEAUTY for the Staatsballett Berlin.

The 2019-20 season saw his debuts at the Salzburger Landestheater for a new production of Carl Maria von Weber’s OBERON as well as invitations from the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Israeli Opera Tel-Aviv-Yafo (ELEKTRA), the Deutsche Oper Berlin (LA TRAVIATA and A. Reimann’s  L’INVISIBLE) and the Staatsballett Berlin (THE NUTCRACKER).

Ido Arad held the position of Kapellmeister and Assistant to the General Music Director at the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 2016 to 2018, where he conducted productions of Bizet’s CARMEN, Mozart’s DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Rossini’s IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Verdi’s UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, DON CARLO and LA TRAVIATA, as well as Meyerbeer’s LES HUGUENOTS. His debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin dates back to 2015, when he stepped in at short notice for Tchaikovsky’s EUGENE ONEGIN.

“Under the musical direction of Ido Arad, the Mozarteumorchester begins the evening with a jubilant overture. Flattering, evocative, never too pompous or too strict, the instrumental sounds blend well with the action on stage in this chamber of fantasy.”

Das Opernglas
(OBERON, Salzburger Landestheater, Nov 2019)

Recent seasons included Ido Arad’s debut at the Semperoper Dresden with Mozart’s LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, performances of Tchaikovsky’s SLEEPING BEAUTY and Prokofiev’s ROMÉO ET JULIETTE with the Staatsballett Berlin, as well as concerts with the Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus and Südwestfalen Philharmonic.

Prior to his time in Berlin, Ido Arad held permanent positions at the Mittelsächsische Theater Freiberg and Stadttheater Bremerhaven, where he was the First Kapellmeister and Deputy General Music Director. During this period he conducted productions including TANNHÄUSER, EUGENE ONEGIN, DON CARLO, LA BOHÈME, RUSALKA, L’ELISIR D’AMORE, as well as a number of symphonic concerts.

Guest engagements have also taken him to Theater Münster, Theater Freiburg, and to the Anhaltische Theater Dessau. He  conducted a new production of Richard Strauss’ SALOME staged by Brigitte Fassbaender at Theater Regensburg in 2017. Mr Arad collaborated closely with Maestro Asher Fisch, whom he assisted on a production of SALOME at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich during the 2013-14 season, and later on TRISTAN UND ISOLDE in concert with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Perth and on Richard Strauss’ CAPRICCIO at Teatro Real in Madrid in 2019. 

Ido Arad was born in Florida (USA) and raised in Tel Aviv (Israel). He studied classical guitar at the Robert-Schumann-Musikhochschule Düsseldorf and conducting with Prof. Lutz Köhler at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

“The music performed by the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin under the baton of Ido Arad is brilliant and full of energy, expanding the score’s full palette of colour.”

Danses avec la plume
(ROMÉO ET JULIETTE, ballet, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oct 2018)

︎ Simon Pauly